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Phoenix, Arizona
 
 

Contact Information

If you, your business, or organization are interested in becoming a part of the Disability Initiative Workgroup, please contact Community Initiative Coordinator for the City of Phoenix: Mitzila M. Hogans at [email protected].

If you are already a member of the Disability Initiative Workgroup and have questions regarding the IRS participation, then please contact Linda Jackson at [email protected].

 
 

Disability Initiative Workgroup

During the 2007 – 2008 tax season, over 9,000 households received approximately $7 million in tax refunds at 28 free tax preparation sites managed by the city of Phoenix, community groups, and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Based on a random survey of 1,353 clients conducted by the Valley of the Sun United Way during the 2007–2008 EITC campaign, approximately 22 percent of the tax preparation recipients reported they had a disability and/or a family member with a disability, demonstrating an increase of approximately 10 percent from the previous year.

During the 2007-2008, the city of Phoenix extended the scope of partners and collaborators, in an effort to serve more people with disabilities, including the partnership with Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL). Also, over 5,000 individuals with disabilities and associated service providers received information about the campaign via mail-outs and monthly newsletters.
There will be five special events focused on reaching out to people with disabilities and their families. These events are designed to build upon the success of the City’s EITC and Financial Education classes. The events include:

2008/2009 EITC Kick-Off Event
This event scheduled for January 30, 2008, will kick off this year’s City of Phoenix Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign with a presentation to the media. The City of Phoenix will convene the event working in collaboration with the Mayor’s Human Relations Commission, IRS, state and local agencies serving people with disabilities. The purpose of the event is to bring media attention and awareness to the myriad of services and programs available to people with disabilities and their families, in particular the EITC and Financial Education classes.

Targeted marketing and outreach – This year’s marketing campaign will purposely target additional people with disabilities through agencies that serve clients state-wide such as Goodwill, US Veterans, Veterans Administration, United Way, Joni and Friends, Greater Phoenix Urban League, and others. Materials will also be translated into Chinese.

Partnership with non-profit organizations focusing on people with disabilities:
This year’s plans include: one EITC site at the Arizona Foundation for Behavioral Health, a non-profit organizations which focuses on promoting and enhancing services for the well-being of individuals needing behavioral health services; and possibly one mobile site at the Arizona Bridge for Independent Living (ABIL) office.

Annual Legislative Awareness Day for People with Disabilities
This year, the city will participate in the Annual Legislative Awareness Day for People with Disabilities in with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and IRS reaching out to over 1,000 participants.

EITC Volunteer Recognition Event
Volunteers will be recognized for their outstanding services to the community at an event hosted by the City and attended by the Mayor and/or City Council members. Last year’s event had a record number of attendees, including Bank of America Affinity Group members. It is expected that the event will have over 150 participants this year.